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Sunday, January 15th
Annual Reports Due in to the Church Office

Sunday, January 22nd
Annual Meeting between the services
with vote for new Vestry Members and Brunch
Rees Roberts first Sunday. Come welcome our new Organist/Choir Director!
Evangelist
January 11, 2017
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Carey's Conversations
 
"May grace and peace be yours in abundance  in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything needed  for life and godliness, through the knowledge of  him who called us by his own glory and goodness."
     II Peter 1.2-3 NRSV
 
"Everything needed for life and godliness," I like this! St. Peter wrote these words many hundreds of years ago and they still hold out the same promise to us in the 21st cen.! St. Luke's has been blessed with an abundance of wonderfully gifted, and generous parishioners!
 
Over these sixty plus years, and through many times and seasons God has abundantly provided for St. Luke's! This is the truth that you learn when you ask any of our charter members or those who have been here more than twenty years - Thomas Alexander is once such provision.  Interims are not always easy times and can be downright negative, but not so with Thomas. His skilled musicianship coupled with his care for people have caused us not to have to skip a beat with our music ministry. His open heart and willing spirit gave us the time to enable us to locate just the right person for a new organist and choirmaster.
 
After a four-month search and five candidates we are pleased to welcome Mr. Rees Roberts. To quote Thomas, "He is better than me!" I've known Rees for almost ten years and remember his dedication to his organ lessons with Craig Chotard at St. Mark's Little Rock. He also has had a very real spiritual journey coming from a different denomination to the Episcopal Church a few years ago. His gifts, combined with ours will produce something of which we can all be proud. There God goes again, providing us with everything we need!
 
I'd like to offer a special word of thanks for the selection committee (another provision of gifted people) for their dedication and assistance: Debi Fricks, Chuck Holman, Dennis Terry, and Lauren Heil.
 
The following excerpt from the poem "God Knows" by Minnie Louis Haskins seems a fitting meditation as we mover into 2017.
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:  "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown."
And he replied: "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way."
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night...
 
Yours in Christ,
Carey+

St. Francis House Vets

Over Christmas, many of you donated clothing and other items to the veterans at St. Francis House. Below are two links that go to St. Francis House's website. Here you can see the vets you helped and read the story written from a veteran's point of view.



Please note that you can always give to St. Francis House. Monetary donations can be given directly through their website  www.stfrancisministries.com/

Clothing, household goods, and other items can be put in the donation bin at the bottom of the parish hall near the stairwell. Pick up there is every Thursday morning. 

Thank you for your continued support of St. Francis House and St. Luke's!
INTRODUCING OUR NEW CHOIR DIRECTOR/
ORGANIST, REES ROBERTS! 

Rees begins January 22nd!

Dear Friends,
It is with great joy that I've accepted the call to St. Luke's as your new Organist & Choirmaster. Fr. Carey asked me if I might write a short bio about myself for this newsletter so that you might begin to get to know me.
My roots plant me firmly in Little Rock, where I grew up, and have spent most of my life. I started out life as a Southern Baptist, and discovered not just the organ, but a love of music. I've been taken by it ever since. I began my piano studies with Craig Chotard, and eventually transitioned to organ with him. Unbeknownst to neither Craig nor I at the time, during those grueling hour long lessons, he was fostering a devout young Episcopalian.
My work as a church musician has taken me as far as Boston and Ohio, and been as near to home as just a few blocks. I look forward to this new adventure with each of you. There are lots of exciting things, both musically and spiritually, on the horizon for St. Luke's! Lift up your hearts!
Gratefully yours,
Rees

Family Promise ministry
January 1 - January 8

Family Promise is designed to help families with children find jobs and a safe and permanent new home. During the week of January 1 to January 8, volunteers from both St. Luke's and Park Hill Christian hosted twelve people (three families with their nine children) here in St. Luke's parish hall. Three Sunday school rooms in our parish hall again served as "guest rooms. Both before their arrival and during the week, our volunteers (worked ahead of time) to prepare our Sunday school rooms, and after the families' arrival, volunteers helped the families move in, prepared meals for them, served as daytime and evening hosts and served as overnight volunteers for our three guest families.

The nine children left each morning on the Family Promise van to their schools or to the day care provided downtown at the Second Baptist Church. We always have at least two volunteers on hand while our families are present in our parish hall. And, yes! We met the challenge on Friday when schools were closed due to snow; we scrambled volunteers to stay with the families during the day and we even managed to cook fresh hamburgers for lunch and helped to keep the children "entertained" upstairs in the parish hall that day!

As a part of the Family Promise program, the adults leave each morning for work or they leave to find jobs. Once employed, they save money for their first month's rent. We are pleased to let you know that one of the families exited the program and departed St. Luke's on Friday noon during our host week: the mother had found a job and housing.

Some of you have asked how they find furniture for their new homes: Upon exiting the program, families also receive a chance to shop at the Family Promise warehouse to select furniture and household items (of which many of the items have been donated).

Without help from our volunteers to this ministry and the use of our parish hall as a temporary shelter for one week, families served by this program would still be un-housed and possibly out on the street in the inclement weather last week; instead, these families received a safe and warm place to stay while working to become self-sufficient. On behalf of the three families we housed this past week, we say, "THANK YOU!"

End of Year Reports

All end of year reports are due into the office by January 15th. Please submit your report via email on a .doc file, text file, or within an email to
Annual Meeting

We will hold our Annual Meeting Sunday, January 22nd, between the services. A light brunch will be served and we will hear end of year reports and vote on Vestry. All parishioners 16 or older are allowed to vote, but you must be present at the meeting. 
2017 Altar Flower Chart

The 2017 Altar Flower chart is now up in the Narthex. Reserve your spot for your special event or remembrance. 

If you have any questions about Altar Flowers, please contact Caroline in the church office. 

Churchmen's Breakfast

The ChurchMen will hold their monthly breakfast this Saturday at 9 am. Guest speakers will be NLR Police Officers: Detective Chad Edwards and Patrol Officer Tommy Norman.

All are invited. Cost is $5. 
The Brotherhood of  St. Andrew  

will meet at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday,  January 18th, in the Library.  We will finish the study of the Adam Hamilton book, WHY? MAKING SENSE OF GOD'S WILL.  Please join us. For more information contact:
Dickey Mayland,  835-6411  (Cell: 920-5842),  ddmayland@sbcglobal.net   

Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) Application

The Episcopal Youth Event (EYE), a triennial event for 9th-12th graders, will take place July 10-14 in Edmond, Okla. It will involve more than 1,000 people from all over the world, and will include great worship services, workshops, and fun activities. You can apply online. The Diocese of Arkansas has 24 spaces available, and the selection will be made the first week of January.
Prayer List
Anne Gontermann, Helen Snipan, Nina Goins, Betty Miller, Chris Mikesell, Louis Jenkins, Gloria Holst, Bill Shepherd, Kailyn, Marilyn Gay, Christine Startz, David Martin, Bernice Carrigan, Steve Fanning, Jill Cox, Gene Cox, Jennie Martin, Carle, Paula Kalina, Becky Simpson, Mary Schultz, Dan McKee, Sarah, Betty, Mary Ann Hodge, Lindsay, Travis, Sue Burford, Stone Family, Pat Loomis, Sarah Keeler, friends and family of Grady Smith  

Special Concerns: For all the men and women of our Armed Forces, especially Justin, Joshua, Tim, Matt, Doug, Brian Mahoney, Brian Mennes, Frank Tate, Alex Schimelpfening, David Liem, Justin, John Landis, Lucas Kunce, David Jackson, Ryan Riggins, Rhase Riggins